The headline is not a typo. After the better part of 25 years, the video game that ruined more friendships than casual sex is making a triumphant rebirth on a console near you.
According to numerous sources, the revamped classic will be developed by MLB Advanced Media, and will be released on “current- and next-generation consoles and smartphones and tablets,” according to the release.
We don’t know if RBI Baseball 14 will be a true simulation or more arcade-y baseball game â€” but you can keep up withÂ the game’s progress on itsÂ official website.
(My money is on the returns of bunt home runs, infield triples, and steerable pitching … and I wouldn’t want it any other way.)
RBI Baseball 14 will be the first console game produced by MLB Advanced Media, which is a partnership between the owners of all 30 MLB teams and serves as the league’s interactive division. MLB Advanced Media runs the MLB website as well as MLB.TV, the streaming service that allows baseball fans to watch games on devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets andÂ video game consoles.
And, as the Bugs & Cranks resident game guy, I couldn’t be happier… especially considering 2K Sports has permanently pulled the plug on any MLB-related projects, leaving Sony’s games as the only console baseball games available. At least, until now.
Between this and the upcoming WWE Network, it’s pretty clear that I’ll be divorced by this time next year.
For more of my insights on the past, present and future of baseball video gaming, check out these chestnuts from our salad days (Note: I discuss RBI Baseball with utter reverence in parts 3 and 4):
- Bats and Bytes Part 1: Early Baseball Video Games
- Bats and Bytes Part 2: 1982-1986
- Bats and Bytes Part 3: Nintendomination
- Bats and Bytes Part 4: The Era of Disappointment
- Bats and Bytes Part 5: Playing with Power
- Bats and Bytes Part 6: Not So Super
- Bats and Bytes Predictions â€“ The NLCS
- Bats and Bytes: MLB 2K8 Review
- Bats and Bytes: MLB Front Office Manager Review
- Bats and Bytes Review â€“ MLB â€™09: The Show vs. Major League Baseball 2K9
- Bats and Bytes Follow Up â€“ MLB 2K9
- Bats and Bytes Showdown 2010